Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our last session before her test date, the student and I focused on skill-building and test-taking strategies for the Math and Quantitative Skills sections of the assessment. With respect to skills, we briefly reviewed some of the most common skills to show up in math-oriented questions (fractions, decimals, factoring/multiples, prime numbers, basic algebra & very basic geometry concepts). Some of the strategies we discussed for saving time on math-based test questions included: * only working to find the first (or last) digit or two, and using that to rule out answers that don't match; * quickly translating word problems into equations; * plugging in the value of the middle answer choice, when the answers are numbers, and using the fact that answer choices will be in numerical order to rule out those which are too great or small; * checking whether answer choices would work (when they're not numbers) if she's not sure how to answer a question from scratch; and * minimizing the amount of time spent on calculations by estimating, using process of elimination, etc. Lastly, we talked about general test-day tips for managing time, minimizing distractions (e.g. due to hunger or tiredness) and reducing the impact of anxiety, frustration or the impulse to second-guess. The student has made remarkable progress, and has shown herself to be intelligent and willing to work in order to learn and improve. Whatever her test results may be, I'm very proud of the effort she's put in over the time we've worked together."
"Went over long division, division and multiplication of decimals, and started to review percents. Worked on decimals to percents and vice versa."
"Looked at more math and English from the test. Very standard session. We did get to cover a lot of new concepts, though!"
"Today we practiced the math and some writing sections. In the math section we practiced area, volume, angles, and coordinate planes. Next we practiced analogies and synonyms in the English section. The student did very well with the words that she knew, so I have assigned her homework to increase her vocabulary."
"I learned today that the student is not allowed to use a calculator on the test. That changes a lot about how I need to review math with him. He has a lot of great strategies that he uses to eliminate answers quickly (such as: "the answer cannot end in a 0 so I can knock out choices B and C"). He's a really smart kid, so I am confident that we will be able to come up with more strategies for test day together."
"The student and I covered: verbal logic skills, reading comprehension skills, spell, capitalization and punctuation skills, quantitative reasoning skills."
"Discussion on methods and provision of resource documents and materials. Assessment exam verbal prep on synonyms; some SSAT math problems."
"Did a diagnostic placement exam and went over each section. These boys are great. They are smart and attentive and inquisitive. They scored pretty well on the thee diagnostics, but I was able pinpoint some spots for improvement. The boys should take some time to study the grammar, punctuation, spelling and usage rules, drilling them as much as possible. And they should practice Reading Comprehension."
"The student is already improving. She is applying the strategies I taught her in the previous session. We worked on verbal, reading, and math."
"Reviewed Latin roots and sorting strategies to make connection in between vocabulary words. Practiced algebra and sequence problems in the quantitative section. Administered reading and language arts diagnostic."
"Went through diagnostic test and English/Reading review sections to start... boys need to improve vocab and critical reading skills... and just practice!"
"We practiced arithmetic with negative numbers and reading. Then we worked on the math section. She did well with the Problem Solving portion."